Doubts over the participation of the Chinese contingent for the Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi is all but over after Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Secretary Vinod Tomar informed on Monday that the Chinese wrestler have been denied visas for the event due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan. Also Read - Coronavirus LIVE: India's Tally Surpasses 1.92 Lakh Mark, Death Toll Nears 5,500; Global Cases Top 6.2 Million
“They have not got the visas and there are no chances of them being able to participate in the tournament now,” Tomar was quoted as saying in a report in IANS. Also Read - Coronavirus Break May Have Added 'a Year or Two' to my Career: James Anderson
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Fearing repercussions for denying visas to wrestlers from certain countries in an Olympic year from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the wrestling world body United World Wrestling (UWW), the WFI had said on February 5 that it hopes Chinese and Pakistani wrestlers get visas for the Asian Championships.
Meanwhile, the six-member contingent from Pakistan have got visas, but the 40-strong Chinese contingent will not feature in the continental tournament at the capital.
Doubts over the participation of the Chinese contingent increased when UWW staffer Li Ling was denied an Indian visa for the championships.
On Sunday, the WFI secretary had said that any decision on the Chinese will be confirmed only on Monday but chances of them getting visas looked bleak.
“Health is the priority and this virus is very dangerous. It is something that poses a danger to a lot of people because of which it has gained such international prominence,” he said.
The outbreak has gained international prominence and with sports, a number of tournaments have been moved out of the country, including Asian Olympic qualifiers for boxing and wrestling. More than 1,600 people have been killed by the deadly disease.